Unhappiness  

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"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" --Anna Karenina


"What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferable sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree, and it is from its nature only possible as an episodic phenomenon. When any situation that is desired by the pleasure principle is prolonged, it only produces a feeling of mild contentment. We are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast and very little from a state of things. Thus our possibilities of happiness are already restricted by our constitution. Unhappiness is much less difficult to experience." --Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, tr. James Strachey

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Unhappiness is the lack of happiness.

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